Last week, the nation was stunned when the president of Spokane, Washington’s NAACP chapter was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black.
Rachel Dolezal was living the normal life of a race-baiting black woman until last Thursday, when her parents dropped a major bombshell on national television: she’s white. After the news broke, Dolezal initially said that she would not be stepping down as the president of her chapter as the NAACP rallied around her.
“It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the Presidency and pass the baton to my Vice President, Naima Quarles-Burnley.”
“It is my hope that by securing a beautiful office for the organization in the heart of downtown, bringing the local branch into financial compliance, catalyzing committees to do strategic work in the five Game Changer issues, launching community forums, putting the membership on a fast climb, and helping many individuals find the legal, financial and practical support needed to fight race-based discrimination, I have positioned the Spokane NAACP to buttress this transition.”
Many in the NAACP have applauded Dolezal’s decision to step down.
“That’s the best thing that can happen right now,” said Kitara Johnson, an NAACP member in Spokane. “We are going to stand in unity and solidarity.”
After the scandal broke, when she was asked if she identified as a black woman, Dolezal had an interesting response.
“I actually don’t like the term African-American,” she said. “I prefer black, and I would say that if I was asked I would definitely say that yes I do consider myself to be black.”
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